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Disk Station
At a glance
ProductSynology Disk Station (DS216)   [Website]
SummaryTwo-bay dual-core Marvell-based NAS with large feature set
Pros• Good performance
• Broad feature set with lots of installable apps
• Quiet
Cons• Relatively expensive

Typical Price: $269  Shop Amazon  Buy Direct

Introduction

Update 4/12/17 - Ranked #1 in RAID1 NAS Performance

Recently we've reviewed several 2-bay NASes targeted at the entry level market including the Western Digital My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 and, as part of a family review, the ASUSTOR AS1002T. But it's been quite awhile since we've reviewed a 2-bay Synology. In fact, if you filter the NAS charts for the current testing method (black bars) and for 2 drives, the only Synology product that appears is Synology's new DS216 - the subject of this review.

Throughout this review, I will be comparing the DS216 with WD My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 and the ASUSTOR AS1002T. All three NASes are targeted to the same entry level market, are based on the Marvell ARMADA 385 dual-core processor and have 512 MB of RAM.

Synology DS216

Synology DS216

From time to time, I find that it's worth a reminder that the NAS Charts are a powerful product comparison tool. From the NAS Chart landing page, just select up to four NASes and click on "Features". The chart below shows a portion of the complete feature table if you select the DS216 and the other two NASes being used for comparison in this review. It shows that the three products are really more alike than different.

NAS Finder product comparison

NAS Finder product comparison

The DS216 has its own Quick Installation Guide that includes step-by-step instructions for mounting disks into the disk trays, connecting the DS216 to power and LAN and configuring the NAS. After connecting to your DS216, a "first run" wizard walks you through the entire setup process. The Quick Installation Guide also provides rear and front panel callouts, shown below, as well as an LED Indicator Table found in Appendix B.

Synology DS216 rear and fron panel callouts

Synology DS216 rear and front panel callouts

Inside

We were unable to find an easy way to disassemble the DS216 without damaging it, so the components for the DS216 in the key component summary table below that are marked with a "(?)" are our best guess based on components used in similar Synology products.

Synology DS216 ASUSTOR AS1002T WD My Cloud Mirror Gen 2
CPU Marvell ARMADA-385 @ 1GHz dual-core
Marvell ARMADA-385 @ 1GHz dual-core
Marvell ARMADA 38X (88F6820-A0) Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 @ 1.33 GHz
RAM 512 MB Samsung K4B4G1646D (?) 512 MB Samsung K4B4G1646D 512 MB Nanya NT5CC128M16FP-DI (x2)
Flash 16 MB Macronix MX25L12835 (?) 16 MB Macronix MX25L12835 256 MB Hynix H27U2G8F2CTR (x1)
Etherent Marvell 88E1512 (?) Realtek RTL8211E Marvell 88E1512-NNP2 Gigabit Ethernet Transceiver
USB 3.0 In CPU In CPU In CPU
SATA Marvell 88SE9170 2 port SATA controller (on drive backplane for AS1004T)
Marvell 88SE9170 2 port SATA controller (on drive backplane for AS1004T)
In Marvell ARMADA 38X processor
Table 1: Key component summary

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